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Financial patent summit to focus on IP and cybersecurity, July 20-21

Fintech, or financial technology, is a rapidly growing industry with more than $15 billion of venture capital invested to date and even more on the part of financial institutions. An array of banks, e-commerce businesses, product developers, and software companies are vying for a leadership role in financial transactions and cybersecurity. Those interested in IP […]

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PIPCO stocks soar in a surprising first half for the second quarter

In what some patent holders are hoping will be a harbinger of things to come, publicly traded IP licensing companies are enjoying an unusually strong second quarter. Year to date performance for some of the key players include Marathon (MARA), up 40.62% as of the close of the market on May 17. This is as […]

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“Building an Innovation Economy” is focus of latest Hoover IP² event

IP², an initiative of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, last week hosted a more than 60 IP scholars, economists and practitioners to hear and challenge research about “Building and Innovation Economy – The Mechanics of the Patent System.”  Hoover IP2 is a working group on intellectual property, innovation and prosperity. Its goals are to build a network of […]

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Media use of patent “troll” is unfair says professor in Stanford Technology Law Review

The use of inaccurate, prejudicial language by newspapers, business publications and technology magazines to describe patent licensing activity biases readers and courts. That is among the findings from research conducted by Illinois Institute of Technology – Chicago-Kent College of Law Professor, Edward Lee. Writing in the Stanford Technology Law Review, Professor Lee states that while “some […]

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Brody/Berman-mentored Fruti-Cycle wins LES busines competition

Fruiti-Cycle Project, an Ungandan start-up that has developed an affordable bio-gas powered, refrigerated tricycle that speeds to market delivery of fruits and vegetables, has won the Global Prize at the 2016 LES business plan competition.  The business plan and presentations were mentored by Bruce Berman of Brody Berman Associates in the U.S., who helped to […]

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The “new normal” is focus of IP Business Congress in Barcelona

With traditional patent strategies under pressure to show that they are still relevant, business as usual in the IP space is no longer the same. Patent-adverse laws and more circumspect courts have forced owners worldwide to rethink how best to obtain, evaluate and utilize patents. The added scrutiny also has encouraged new, more collaborative IP […]

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LES members have until Monday to vote on business plan competition

FThe LES Foundation International Business Plan Competition Members’ Choice award will conclude on Monday, April 25. LES members who have not voted still can. Competitor videos can be viewed and rated here by using the star system (5 stars being best). Votes are logged as soon as you click on the stars – five stars being the […]

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Automobile industry convergence is the focus of Detroit IP conference

Over the past ten years or so the motor car of the 20th century has been transformed from a mechanical conveyance to a high-speed information technology platform. Cars today draw upon networks of complex inventions and intellectual property rights that are destined for licensing and disputes.   IP in the Auto Industry: Challenges and Opportunities […]

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Patent licensing index significantly outperformed the S&P 500 in Q1

The eagerly sought bottom for publicly traded patent licensing companies may have been reached according to the data provided by an intellectual property index that tracks stock performance. The PIPX public IP licensing index was up 13.1% vs. a barely positive 0.8% for the S&P 500 in the first quarter of 2016. This was the […]

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Samsung is the leading US patent holder, 24,000 ahead of IBM

Of the top eleven active US patent holders, only four are American companies. But who gets the best return on their innovation rights is less clear.  It is no surprise that many foreign companies are significant US patent holders. The leader in active US patents, Samsung, with 63,434, is now more than 24,000 issued invention […]

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The impact of higher patent licensing hurdles may not be fully understood

Most patent holders would agree that licensing patents for revenue has gone from bad to awful — from difficult less than a decade ago, to virtually impossible today.*  Determining if the courts and lawmakers have facilitated improvements or simply over-corrected for weaknesses in the patent system largely depends on whom you ask, and when. While […]

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Jury awards Merck $200M in patent damages, 10% of what it had sought

A California jury has awarded pharmaceutical drug company Merck $200 million, a fraction of what it had sought, for infringement of two of its patents by Gilead Sciences, which based in the San Francisco area. The jury based the $200 million award on a royalty rate of 4 percent on $5 billion in sales, compared […]

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